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AYERS, FL.  I have read your website article about the early settlers of nw Florida including my great-great-grandfather, Capt John Ayers. For the past several years I have tried and failed to find factual records of his life prior to his living in Pulaski County, GA before the death of his first wife and mother of 3 daughters, Abigail, Penelope and Tellitha. Tellitha Ann Frances Ayers Cutts Bailey is buried at the Bailey Cemetery,Magnolia Church, near Blountstown, Florida. Capt Jack is buried at the Ayers Cemetery (sometimes called the Whitfield) near Cross Roads, near Blouintstown. This cemetery is on part of Capt Jack's land and was maintained for many years by my father, Jesse McKinley Ayers (d. 1977). I would appreciate very much any information you could share about our Capt John Ayers. We had always believed that our Indian blood came from Capt Jack's daughter-in-law, Sarah Register, the wife of his son Thomas W. Ayers. Are we now to believe that Capt Jack himself was part Indian? We had always heard that his first wife was Indian, but we are descended from a second wife, Marilda Stephens.  This is all so new and unexpected, although we had found references to a John Ayers born to an Indian woman in South Carolina who married a white man. We were not sure this was "our" John Ayers, the one who fought with Andrew Jackson in the Indian Wars in Florida in the 1817,1818 period? I had read an account of a "Lt. Ayers" on Jackson's staff when they fought here in Calhoun County, and supposed that he was our ancestor.   If you have more of this Capt John Ayers please let me know at afaurot@gtcom.net or address to Abbye Ayers Faurot  July 2006.

BRASS ANKLES, SC.  Do you have any information about the people that were referred to as "Brass Ankles" that are from the Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county areas of South Carolina. Do you have any more information about what happened to the Indians that were with Osceola or other Seminoles in that area and do you know any of their names?  Heidi  June 2006

DIAL, SC.  I am searching my familys line .Her name is Keziah Dial i have saw that she was a Full Blooded Cheroke Indian, in South Carolina i believe she may have been in the Lumbee Indian Tribe there. Can you help me just a little ? Keziah Dial moved from South Carolina to St.Landry Parish,Louisiana with some more families . One was her husband to be , He was James Ashworth from North Carolina his Mother and Father were James Ashworth & Cathrine ? she was from Chaltaw MISSISSIPPI i believe.   James Ashworth had children with Keziah Dial in South Carolina and along the trail to Louisiana. I have heard that the Ashworth's were 3/4 Chaltaw Indians but have no proof. Were would i need to go to find the proof that needed here in Louisiana ? Thank You !! Paula May 2006

FULLER,  Sumter Co., SC.  Hello my name is Chantel Marquis and I live in NY.  My grandmother, Bobbie Lucille Fuller was born in Sumter South Carolina in 1933 and raised by Jack Boyce and his wife who passed away at an early age. They had a daughter, which was my grandmother Bobbie Lucille Fuller. It has come to my attention and my mother's attention that my grandmother might have been a decendent from the "Turks" of Sumter County. She has no birth certificate, no record what so ever of having been born there. We frequently visit our "relatives" who still remain in Sumter area whose last names range from Hynes to Boyce and many others which I do not yet have the information on.  I was writing to you in the hopes that perhaps you could put some of my questions to rest in regards to where myself and my family come from. The story I have heard is that my grandmother was born to a Gypsy or Roma type of woman and given to my great grandfather Jack Boyce and his wife who couldn't bear children. They raised her as their own and to this day she more than likely is unaware of her own background being that she was lied to her entire life. Any information you can give me would be very useful. I've always wondered and searched for who my ancestors may be so that I could understand my culture and blood lines and have a better understanding of who I am today. I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Chantel Marquis  NY

HALL.   I read the article on the "Origins of Lumbee" with some interest since my Halls are first noticed along Drowning Creek in 1751. The oldest one whose name I know was Joseph Hall, and he was mixed. He had an African ancestor, though his descendants, like myself, are mostly white and think of themselves as white.  Since you seem to have a good grasp of the settling of the Robeson County area, I wondered if you might have a clue as to the place of origin of the Halls.  Robert E. Hall Sept. 2006

HARRISON, SC.  My grandfather claimed to be Indian and said his family was killed when he was young. He said he was from Hogs eye mountain North Carolina. I can only find a Hogsback Mountain in South Carolina. It is near the North Carolina border.He was a tall dark man with black hair. He married my grandmother when she was 13 years and he was 49. She was a melungeon from Graysville Tennessee. Her name was Eliza Goins. She also claimed to be Indian. I can not find any info on my grandfather except what he told us and what he put on his ss appl. which said his father was Benjamin Harrison and mother was Icy Meese. Do you think he may have been one of these South Carolina Turks? Hope to hear from you. John Harrison  July 2006

NUCKLES/KNUCKLES & GOINS, TN.  I am trying to prove some ancestry which intermarried with the Nuckles/Knuckles in Garinger Do, Claiborne Co, TN who came from VA.  Overton Nuckles married Nancy Agnes Goings in 1811 Goochland Co, VA and soon after 1820 migrated to Grainger Co, TN. 3 Indentures name her as Nancy Ann and not Nancy Agnes. Their children married into the Collins and Gibson families. Comfort Nuckles married Conly Collins 1828 and Mary Nuckles had an affair with "Black Water Gibson" proding shild John "Hence" or Henderson Knuckles.  I read what you have on your site about the Goins, Collins and Gibsons which peaked my interest. Also on the land indenture of Overton Nuckles, son John and Spottswood, names the Clinch River. I noticed one Goans family also migrated to Granger County TN but cant fix his relationship with Nancy Agnes Goins, whichis my primary concern. If I can connect this nancy Goins with the one who migrated to Grainger County, I can establish a firm evidence trail.  Sandi Evilsizer Koscak  July 2006

OXENDINE, NC/SC.  I recently was contacted by my first cousin Pat Hill, and Pat informed me that our grandfather, Isaac Burton Hill was an Indian. He certainly was different looking and had dark skin and jet black curly hair. His father, Charles Jesse Hill, from whom he was estranged, was a Mormon and had about three wives, one of which was a Lumbee named Mary Frances Oxendine. These Oxendines were from Tennessee and Missouri and are descendents of Archibald Oxendine and Patsy Quackenbusn from Pee Dee SC. I am interested in finding out more of these people.   There is a book about my ancestors called "The Genealogy of Thomas Hill and Rebecca Miles" by Sister Louise Donnelley, a Nun, written in 1971 (a Jarboe Reference Book). Some of Archibald's offspring started spelling the surname Exendine, either from illiteracy, or a desire to distance themselves from the Indian heritage. Of all the tribes, the Lumbees were looked down upon for being tri-racial. And due to that fact the tribe is still fighting the Government for recognition.  Burton Hill  29 March 2005

Prudance of the Notoway Cherokee's, VA.  I am trying to find some information on my great grandmother (times 8) whose name was Prudance - she was allegedly Cherokee. She married my great great .. grandfather, Robert Lassiter, Sr., sometime around 1665 (it's listed as Nansemond, Virginia).  I've found reference to Prudance as "Prudance of the Notoway Cherokee's" (from your site I see that the correct spelling is Nottoway). Robert Lassiter and his father, Thomas, apparently owned quite a bit of property in Nansemond Co. and some of it abutted up to Chowan Indian land. Toni Linn  April 2006

READMOND.  NC/SC.  What Haplogroup do those who have had their DNA tested fall into? I am a J2 haplogroup and my ancestor was William Readmond, b 1751, "free man of color other than Indian who pays taxes" and is living in SC and NC. I suspect him to be Melungeon because he is married to a white woman from 1785 until their death after 1820. If he were African American I'm sure he would have been lynched in the back country of SC.  I will be happy to share my YDNA results for comparison.  Rex Redmon  Sept. 2006

WHITE.  I am searching for any information on a Timothy White who was married to a Henrietta Jones. They had at least one child born about 1899, and her name was Myra Mae White.  I am searching for my Aunt who is the granddaughter of Myra Mae and her husband Archie Johnson. She has a vague memory of being told that there was Indian blood in the White family. Being an amateur genealogist myself, I did tell her I would see what I could find. I do believe the Whites were from Manning, SC.  Unfortunately, this is all the information I have. If you have any other suggestions, I am surely open to anything you could tell me, or anywhere you can send me to look.  Judy Chesson  June 2005

WILSON, MS.  READING THE POST ONLINE ON WILSONS I HAVE WILSON IN MY LINE WONDERING IF YOU HAVE CAME ACROSS MINE IN YOUR FINDINGS?  JESSE WILSON AM TOLD HE WAS BORN IN MS 1819 HAD A DAUGHTER BORN 1843 TO 1845 IN MS MARY JANE WILSON SHE WENT BY JENNIE WILSON SOME TOMES BUT MOSTLY MARY J 1862 SHE MARRIED JOHN HERRON--MOVED TO AR LIVED WITH A DAVIS MAN--MARRIED A LEROY TYNER TINNER OR TANNER HE WAS ON THE CHOCTAW ROLLS.  IN 1875 SHE MARRIED A MICHAEL LAFAYETTE HAGEWOOD WENT BY LAFAYET HAGEWOOD IN AR HE IS FOUND ON THE AR INDIAN CENSUS AS HAGOOD, LAFAYET HE AND MARY J LIVED IN MO THEN LATER OK HE DIED IN 1909 AND MARY JANE DIED IN MCALESTER, OK IN 1918 BURIED IN BLUE CEMETARY.  SHE TRIED REPEATEDLY TO GET HER CHOCTAW HERITAGE, FINALLY GOT IW 1509  SHE STATED ON HER PAPERS HER FATHER DIED BEFORE THE DAWES CAME OUT. SHE ALSO STATED SHE DID NOT EVEN KNOW HER MOTHER OR HER NAME THAT SHE DIED AND WAS TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER HER. THIS IS MY GG--GRANDMOTHER HER DAUGHTER MALINDA V HAGEWOOD , WENT BY VITTIE MARRIED JAMES PHILLIPS.  KAY June 2006

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